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Coffee, Conversation & Controversy

River Road's Contemporary Issues Forum meets October to May between services at 10:20 AM in the Fireside Room.  The program is often referred to as CC&C (Coffee, Conversation & Controversy). The forum features speakers on a variety of topics of current interest, with an opportunity for brief discussion. Childcare is available. Questions about the program can be sent to Info-CC&C@rruuc.org.

April 21st, 2019
" Women Rising! Women are the Hope of our Future"
Joanne Grady Huskey, Author

Women’s roles in governments, corporations, education, and throughout societies have continued to make major strides over the past decade. Joanne, author of “iCAN: A Young Woman’s Guide to Taking the Lead” will discuss her work with young women leaders in many countries, particularly in developing economies; why we need to continue to inspire them; and share stories of how many of these young women are helping to influence their communities and societies today.

April 28th, 2019
"Resonance Matters"
Brock Holmes, Teacher, Lecturer, RRUUC Member

Brock Holmes leads workshops on Resonance, how to experience it, and how to create it. He’ll explain how power, coherence, damping, and tuning combine to make up resonance. The audience will get to experience the resonance of crystal bowls, complex rhythms, polyrhythmic music, and movement. Brock has been researching the effects of resonance for over 20 years and gave his first Contemporary Issues Forum (CC&C) presentation on resonance in 2009. He’ll also outline his special “Mother’s Resonance Matters” event celebrating the resonance of motherhood on Mother’s Day, May 12 at RRUUC.

May 5th, 2019
"Opioids, Cannabis & Alcohol: Treatments for Our Brain’s Addictions"
George Kolodner, M.D., Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers

The opioid addiction is our major health crises and solutions are urgently needed. Medical marijuana is becoming more popular since legalization, but addiction still remains a concern. And alcohol addiction is always with us. Dr. Kolodner, an addiction psychiatrist, designed and implemented the first intensive outpatient addiction treatment program in the early 1970’s. He will share observations in all aspects of addiction, including the current “third wave” of the opioid epidemic; the neurologic cross-over between opioid and alcohol addiction; new discoveries about the endogenous cannabinoid system in the brain, and the genetics of addiction.